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Mortal Kombat 11 Krypt - Shang Tsung fatalities, heart chest locations, skeleton keys

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With the first character of the Kombat Pass now available, it seems there's some confusion around Mortal Kombat 11's Krypt and its wealth of unlockables. We aim to set the record straight with some new details on the DLC characters, as well as give you some tips for unlocking stuff in the Krypt, even after numerous patches. Yet there are ways if you know how, that you can unlock the multiple different locations, heart chests, and even the head spikes.

Whether you're a newcomer or a veteran kombatant, there's plenty of things to know about Mortal Kombat 11. Head on over to our hub for everything you need to know which you can find in our Mortal Kombat 11 guide.If you want to get some hearts there are a few ways that you can do it. You can either go to our Mortal Kombat 11 farming guide to learn more about how to quickly obtain them.

Mortal Kombat 11 Krypt guide

In this guide, we will give you the locations of the heart chests in the game that have been documented thus far, as well as locations of each of the items you'll need to explore the Krypt fully.

Opening a chest in the Krypt.

Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Pass unlockables

With the latest DLC now in the hands of the public, it seems that the Krypt is not the method for unlocking the new fatalities, brutalities, and costumes for Shang Tsung. Instead, it is using the Living Towers to hide away the vast majority of the stuff for Shang Tsung, and it can be safely assumed that the rest of the characters will work in the same way. Luckily, the Living Towers have been toned down significantly in difficulty and these ones in particular are able to be completed with relative ease. You will need to manually control your character however, so some knowledge of combos and attacks may be necessary. These towers will be available for a while, so you should have plenty of time to dive in and complete these challenges.

Mortal Kombat 11 Krypt chests

The significant majority of the chests found within Krypt have randomised locations. The loot of each individual chest is the same throughout, so you'll only get a certain combination of items. For example, if a chest were to include two pieces of concept art for Jacqui Briggs, those two pieces of concept art would be found together in a different chest in someone else's game, but always together.

The one exception to this are the Shao Kahn headed "Heart chests". These require you to smash the bonce off of them first, before spending a whopping 250 hearts to open it. Hearts are by far the least common currency in the game, and NetherRealm Studios have recently made the announcement that they'll be increasing the amount of all currency, including hearts, earned.

Currently you'll get a few hearts at most for executing a Fatality or Brutality, so it's a bit of a grind. We have some tips on farming resources in our Mortal Kombat 11 farming guide. You obtain resources by doing the following:

  • Koins - Obtained by doing anything from combos to smashing pots and finishing modes.
  • Souls - Obtained by completing towers and achieving objectives.
  • Hearts - Obtained by performing Fatalities and Brutalities, as well as buy using the Scorpion Spear on corpses in Krypt mode.

Kronika's Time Vault as seen in the Courtyard in the Krypt.

Mortal Kombat 11 Krypt Skeleton Keys

One of the major barriers you'll face is when it comes to unlocking special doors with Skeleton Keys. However there is a way to replenish chests reliably and one of the chests is guaranteed to contain a Skeleton Key per opening it. The chest at the Palace Entrance (6410, -460) contains a Skeleton Key every time you open it, meaning that you can use Kronika's Time Vault to repopulate the chests for 2000 Koins per chest. This includes all the soul chests that have been opened, but not the heart chests. The nearest Kronika's Time Vault to the Skeleton Key chest is at The Courtyard (1136, 3393).

Heads on a pike in the Krypt,

Unlocking Shang Tsung's Throne Room with Head chests

Some of the best treasure to unlock is hidden away. To unlock the Throne Room, you'll need to stick some heads on pikes, and to get these heads legitimately, you'll need to perform 50 fatalities or brutalities on specific characters in the Towers of Time. This can be quite the grind, so the best recommendation is to combine this with farming of materials with AI fighters. More on those in our Mortal Kombat 11 farming and our Mortal Kombat 11 characters guides respectively. There was a method when the game first came out for unlocking these chests where you exploit a glitch as you load into the Krypt, however I have now tested this with the latest version and this is now confirmed to no longer work.

Contents for the heart chest, contains Cetrion's gear.

Mortal Kombat 11 250 heart chest locations

First and foremost, a massive shout out to the Mortal Kombat 11 Reddit community for joining forces with each other to make a massive list of unlockable items. In a list compiled by Reddit user "TheCursedTroll", this would have been a massive undertaking without them, so we'll summarise their findings in a table below. I'd recommend searching for the character to see where their corresponding chest is. Each one costs a whopping 250 hearts to unlock.

Character chestChest contentsChest location & coordinates
BarakaBrutality - Cut Up Skin - Dead Pool Despoiler Arm Blades - Okrakan of the Struggle Head Gear - Invader of the Lei Chen War Banner - Ensign of the Ten Hells Augment - Horns of BattleGardens (5646, 5216)
Cassie CageBrutality - You Got BLB'd Skin - Space Titanium Pistol - Imported HK Snapdragon Shades - Rowdy AF Drone - Tiny Dancer Augment - Crashing EagleCourtyard Cave (-3071, -2738) Requires Dragon Amulet
CetrionBrutality - Smoked Flesh Skin - Iron Will Goddess Crown - Lucifina Hellborne Eternal Corona - Brunhilde Living Tendril - Talons of the One Beast Augment - Bone Shattering StoneCourtyard (-788, -9370) Requires Blindfold Pull the two chains nearby to ignite the flames, then put on the blindfold to see the other two chains to pull.
D'VorahBrutality - Come My Child Skin - Inner Sight Implanters - Lavendrix Skin Clenching Antilions The Descent Augment - Hive DefenderKytinn Hive (5205, 1184)
Erron BlackBrutality - Kiss My Spur Skin - Ruckus Black Hat - Born in the 915 Rifle - Moosehunter .338 Pistol - Rhythm & Blues Augment - Stockpile of CorrosivesWooden Bridge (-1055, -7033)
FrostBrutality Skin Other cosmetics AugmentLower Courtyard (-7550, -5528)
GerasBrutality Skin Other cosmetics AugmentThe Jails (-7748, 13987) This is in Goro's Lair.
JadeBrutality - What Would Mileena Do? Skin - Olivine Mask - The Imperial Gem Razor-Rang - Amethyst Killstar Staff - Stolen Thunder of Chun Hao Augment - Kiss the DirtThe Dead Woods (3465, -1136)
Jacqui BriggsBrutality Skin Other cosmetics AugmentCourtyard (8020, -4958) By the Sektor Body puzzle
JaxBrutality - I Said Sleep Skin - Fast Mover Bionic Arms - Horton's Healers Belt Buckle - Dashaloo Campaign Thumper - Boot Camp Augment - Tectonic ForceCourtyard (-70, 3835) Near the throne by the start.
Johnny CageBrutality - At the Doooor Skin - Hollywood Hunk Glasses - Diamond Cutter Hand Wrap - Paladin of Pugilism Buckle - Driven to Greatness Augment - Wire FundsThe Dojo (3076, -4092)
KabalBrutality - Screamer Skin - Speed Freak Face shield - Hardcore Black Dragon Hook swords - Gift of the Shaolin Monks Gas canister - Bromantan Augment - Leg Shredder(-8642, -6393) Across the 2000 soul bridge. Behind a skeleton key.
KanoBrutality Skin Other cosmetics AugmentThe Courtyard (-2984, 4718) This one is accessed by the lift in Goro's Lair, found at -6757, 2622.
KitanaBrutality (unconfirmed) Skin - Daughter of Hell Other cosmetics AugmentLower Pit (-7470, - 975)
Kotal KhanBrutality - Sawed Skin - Coatepec Macana - Macana of the Osh-Tekk Hook - Tochtli Blood Sicles Totem - Talisman of the Osh-Tekk Augment - Focused BeamCourtyard Cave (6648, -4487) Just before the lift to Goro's Lair
KollectorBrutality - Slice Slice Slice Skin - Bootleg Satchel - J. Cage Fall Kollection Rocks - Kartazian Ember Idol - Shaolin Dragon Augment - Magical RedirectionGoro's Lair (5422, -1445) Inside the Kollector's Room
Kung LaoBrutality Skin Other cosmetics AugmentGoro's Throne Room (-1545, -3414) Left of Goro's corpse.
Liu KangBrutality - Insert Koin Skin - Streets of Fire Headband - Pouncing Tiger Nunchaku - Phoenix Wings Bracers - Devastating One Knuckle Punch Augment - Bond of FireKytinn Hive (-5487, -1830) Requires Dragon Amulet - open the door by the wheel puzzle.
Noob SaibotBrutality - More Portals More Problems Skin - Great Bi-Han's Ghost Mask - Gao Yang Sickle - Primordial Kombat Shadow - Soul of Immortal Victory Augment - Sudden SunsetGoro's Lair (-3464, -2183) This one is in the Dining Hall, next to the elevator.
RaidenBrutality - God's Wrath Skin - Lightning Tempest Hat - Patron of the Shaolin Staff - Darkcloud Medallion - Gift of the Elder Gods Augment - Bound LightningGoro's Lair - (13228, 4965) Back of the Fortress Treasure Chamber in Goro's Lair. This is the big room with lava and swinging pendulums.
ScorpionBrutality - Save Me A Slice Skin - Punisher Ninja Mask - Sama of the Shirai Ryu Katana - Fumio Hasashi's Wrath Spear - Hokkaido Ablaze Augment - Soul Piercing ThrowThe Jails (-6864, 1181)
Shao KahnBrutality - Head Kabob Skin - Blood Stone Butcher Wrath Hammer - Sunbreaker Emperor's Helmet - Shinnok's Adversary Lance - Kahngorin Lance Augment - Strong Arm ThrowThe Torture Halls (1767,6455) This room contains the Reptile statue.
SkarletBrutality - Beautiful Blood Skin - Erythrocyte Mask - Bloody Bewitcher Blade - Bloodmaster's Handblade Blood Vial - Mileena's Bastard Blood Augment - Befouling TorrentChamber of Suffering (-5208, 4919)
Sonya BladeBrutality - Kisses Skin - Army Brat Head gear - Model Soldier Gloves - Shock and Awe K.A.T Turret - Rolling Thunder Augment - Mobility Breaker The Vault (5085, 1618)
Sub-ZeroBrutality - Butchered Skin - White Stalker Mask - Cryomancer of War Axe - Rime Axe of Shanshen Belt - Grandmaster's Deadly Arsenal Augment - Surging FrostArmoury (-5426, -5804)

Mortal Kombat 11 100 heart chest locations

These ones are also fixed in place, but it's currently not as well researched. These are Scorpion themed, requiring you to unlock them by hooking nearby lanterns. They cost 100 hearts to open. Below are the currently confirmed ones, again courtesy of the Mortal Kombat 11 Reddit community post.

  • Goro's Dining Hall (-807, -88)
    • Kotal Kahn Nopalla Skin
    • Kotal Kahn Macana: Shining Ocelot Maqahuitl
    • Erron Black Hat: GhastlyRider
    • Jade Razor-Rang: Deadly Hand of Bell Yim
    • 200 Time Krystals
    • Rusty Antique Six Shooter (Forge Item)
  • Dead Woods (7111, -3899)
    • Jacqui Briggs Right Slipshot Right Gauntlet
    • Jax Briggs Uncomfortable Ally Skin
    • Cassie Cage STFU Pistol
    • Jax Briggs Steel Dragon Bionic Arms
    • 200 Time Krystals
    • Busted Black Market Gauntlet (Forge Item)
  • Goro's Lair (2634, -8226) (behind the fire trap)
    • Kano On the Bottle Skin
    • Kano Jacks Epic Eye Eye Shield
    • Kabal Weeping Nightmare Face Shield
    • Erron Black Hella Wicked Black HAt
    • 200 Time Krystals
    • Bent Hook Swords (Forge Item)

Standing in front of the Shrine in the Krypt.

Krypt Shrine

Once you've opened all of the chests at least once, you'll not get a massive amount from sealing them back up and reopening them, unless you're specifically looking for Skeleton Keys. The Krypt Shrine however does still have some valuable gear to unlock, mostly skins and parts, but you'll need to make a sizeable donation. When you first start out, make sure you put in the minimum Koins to unlock a key item. From that point onwards, make sure you're only donating 75,000 Koins if you want parts for characters, and 100,000 Koins for new skins.

Poor Ermac's got himself impaled by falling from the pit.

Krypt key item locations

Before we go, you'll want to get around the Krypt as fully as possible. Here are the key item locations you'll want to obtain in Mortal Kombat 11:

  • Shao Kahn's Hammer - found at the Palace Entrance on the altar, destroys crumbled walls and pots.
  • Motaro's Horn - Smash the meteorite that plunges into the Warrior Shrine to find a gem. Head back into the courtyard and smash behind the big structure with the lions. Head through and open the door at (1560, 5249). The horn is behind the barricade, and behind a switch. It's at (4689, 1587), and opens the door to Goro's Lair at the Warrior's Shrine.
  • Ermac's Soul - Found in the Lower Pit. From Goro's Throne Room, head left from his corpse through the tunnel and open the chamber. Go up the stairs and around until you see another chain to pull. Pull it and find the elevator that goes up. Ermac will plunge into the pit, so examing his corpse to find his amulet. Interacts with glowing green items.
  • Spear of Hanzo Hasashi - From Goro's Throne Room, go right from Goro's corpse and through the open door to the left to go into the Armoury. You'll find the Spear of Hanzo Hasashi glowing in this chamber. Can be used to pull down lanterns to open doors or corpses for a heart.
  • Kenshi's Blindfold - From Goro's Throne Room, go right from Goro's corpse and pull the chain. Head through to Goro's Treasure Chamber. Continue through until you come across Kenshi's Last Stand. The blindfold is on his corpse and allows you to see secret paths to smash through walls or open secret chests. Consumes green spirit energy rather slowly and you can be killed by ghosts randomly.
  • Reptile's Claw - Look for a secret passage using Kenshi's Blindfold in the Torture Halls.
  • Amulet of Earthrealm's Protector - Complete all the tutorial towers in the "Towers of Time" mode. This is outside of the Krypt mode.
  • Fragments of the One Being (Heart, Mind, and Soul) - Perform 10 Fatalities, 10 Brutalities, and 10 Mercies to get all three. Must be performed in Towers of Time or Klassic Towers. Outside of Krypt mode.
  • Heart of Blaze - Use the Fragments of the One Being to unlock the door in Goro's Great Hall (3507, -5850). Avoid the traps and open the chest at the end that costs 80,000 Koins. Used with the Spear to light bodies on fire.
  • Thunder God's Shattered Staff - Insert the Amulet of Earthrealm's Protector into the Raiden statue the meteor hit to restore the statue.
  • Dragon Amulet Keystone - Open the door with the Skeleton Key on the second floor of Goro's Dining Hall. Take the left past the trap hallways to find the Thunder God's Door. Use the Thunder God's Shattered Staff to open it. Take the first left on the platform, avoiding any traps to find a chest that requires 20,000 Koins to open. The Amulet is inside.
  • Kronika's Amulet - Go to the shrine and use it. The first time you use it, you'll always get this amulet, so don't spend more than 1000 Koins.
  • Shinnok's Amulet - Craft it at the Forge by using "Ensorcelled Demon's Heart", "Ensorcelled Gem of Trapped Souls", and "Ensorcelled Eye of a Dragon". These are found in the following locations and costs 60,000 Koins and 1500 Soul Fragments to make:
    • Demon's Heart - In chests
    • Gem of Trapped Souls - In the Dead Woods Soul Vault - costs 10,000 Soul Fragments
    • Eye of a Dragon - Kill spiders in the Kytinn Hive in Goro's Lair. In the Torture Halls opened by the Skeleton Key.
  • Cetrion's Amulet - Perform 50 Fatalities against Cetrion in any of the Klassic Towers or Towers of Time. You can game this by loading in and out of the Survivor tower until Cetrion appears first. Score a fatality in the first round, then quit when the next fighter appears. You'll then be able to go back and fight Cetrion again.

That's everything you need to know about the Krypt in Mortal Kombat 11. in the game. If you want to get some hearts there are a few ways that you can do it. You can either go to our Mortal Kombat 11 farming guide to learn more about how to quickly obtain them. You can also perform some fatalities or Brutalities, so find out how in our Mortal Kombat 11 fatalities or Mortal Kombat 11 brutalities guides.

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